Girl Banned From Prom After Missing School to Mourn Uncle's Death
From elaborate corsages and formal gowns to stretch limos, senior prom is a rite of passage in high school.
It's a night that Kaley Hughes will never forget... but for all the wrong reasons. The Massachusetts teenager arrived at her prom, dressed to the nines, only to be told that she would not be allowed inside because she had not attended school that day, as per the policy at Triton Regional High School.
While it was true that Hughes had been absent, she wasn't cutting class for the heck of it. She spent the day with her family, grieving for her uncle, who had passed away earlier in the week of end stage liver-failure.
Amidst the tragedy, Kaley’s mother suggested that she still attend the prom to take her mind off of things. But in the midst of making the funeral arrangements, she neglected to call the school and explain Kaley's absence.
As she told wcvb.com news, "Because everything was so last minute, we had put the prom on the back burner, while we took care of everything for the funeral. And for them to be so cold about the whole thing."
Kaley stood in front of her high school, crying, as she was informed that the school principal would not bend the rules. "It hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought they were kidding at first," she said.
Her parents even returned to the school to explain the situation but Kathryn Dawe, the school principal, refused to budge. Saddened, disappointed, and rather shocked, the family returned home.
In this situation, it seems unbelievable that administrators wouldn't make an exception to their policy. Rules are meant to be followed, but not in lieu of common sense. I’m calling foul on this principal’s decision to punish an already grieving young girl.
Let’s just hope the school issued Kaley and her entire family an apology for the unfortunate incident.